1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

Ubuntu Moves Towards More Docs, A Stable API

Ubuntu

Published on 01 November 2011 02:20 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
5 Comments

One of the sessions held on Tuesday during the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando was concerning Ubuntu developer documentation and the need for a stable desktop API.

One of the interesting sessions held this morning was entitled "Defining a stable API and docs for desktop development", in planning for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release next April. The official notes from this documentation / stable API session can be found on this web-page, but key items include:

- Improving the current developer.ubuntu.com portal so that it's more visually integrated and attempt to make more of the generated documentation in a standardized format, especially for the intermediate data.

- Provide better Ubuntu API documentation by publishing new coding standards and that all API documentation should have included code examples. API documentation should also move out of Wikis and into source packages so that they can be included on the Ubuntu developer web-site. To further demand greater documentation, they're also looking at generating a list of undocumented public methods/classes/functions and then to automatically file bug reports about these undocumented interfaces.

- Defined as part of the Ubuntu platform APIs are GNOME 3, GObject, libunity, libappindicator, GSettings, and Ubuntu One.

- In terms of a stable API, Canonical is looking at defining a stable API for desktop libraries and to keep that stable for API calls. "Don't think only to amateur developers, think also to professional companies. If you've investigated a little, you'll know that one of the reasons why they don't develop for Linux is why the libraries and API often changes from a distribution to another and from a release of a distribution to another." (Of course, if Canonical tried for a stable Linux kernel API or any other low-level APIs, they would have a hell of a time making that happen. This is mostly about the highest-level desktop APIs.)

- At a bare minimum for a stable API, they are looking at having developers announce whether their API are highly unstable and that no backwards compatibility is broken without "a long, known deprecation period."

- When releasing new libraries, Ubuntu plans to ensure there are API bindings available for languages such as C/Vala, C++/Qt, and Python.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  2. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  3. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  4. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Broadwell Preview
  6. How Open-Source Allowed Valve To Implement VULKAN Much Faster On The Source 2 Engine
Latest Linux News
  1. AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support
  2. A Gigabyte Sandy/Ivy Bridge Motherboard Now Handled By Coreboot
  3. Linux 3.16 Through Linux 4.0 Performance Benchmarks
  4. Intel's Windows Driver Now Supports OpenGL 4.4, Linux Driver Still With OpenGL 3.3
  5. DRM Graphics Updates Sent In For The Linux 4.1 Kernel
  6. More eBPF Improvements Heading To Linux 4.1
  7. LLDB Is Getting Into Shape For Linux 64-bit Debugging
  8. Wine-Staging 1.7.41 Works On Improved Debugging Support
  9. GNOME 3.18 Release Schedule: 23 September Release
  10. Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"
  2. Linux 4.1 Brings Many Potentially Risky x86/ASM Changes
  3. Microsoft Announces An LLVM-Based Compiler For .NET
  4. LibreOffice 4.5 Bumped To Become LibreOffice 5.0
  5. Linux Audio Is Being Further Modernized With The 4.1 Kernel
  6. KDBUS Is Taking A Lot Of Heat, Might Be Delayed From Mainline Linux Kernel
  7. VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 2 Released
  8. Mozilla Start Drafting Plans To Deprecate Insecure HTTP